Kansas is a step closer to legalising sports betting after SB 84 gained approval by the state Senate with a margin of 26-12. It will amend the Kansas Expanded Lottery Act (KELA) to enable lottery gaming facilities to operate sports wagering operations.
The bill, which was proposed in late January and gained Senate passage on Wednesday, now moves to the House of Representatives.
Kansas Lottery Act
SB 84 will enable the Kansas Lottery to provide sports wagering in compliance with the Kansas Lottery Act and by lottery gaming facility managers who have worked with the Lottery under the Kansas Lottery Act to handle sports wagering on the Lottery’s behalf. Kansas residents will be able to wager online via lottery-approved websites, smartphones, and apps.
Each of Kansas’ four brick-and-mortar casinos will be allowed to open a retail sportsbook of up to three sports betting skins under the bill. Children’s Mercy Park, the home of Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City, and Kansas Speedway will both be able to affiliate with casinos to provide online sports betting.
Sports wagering revenue
Kansas would also keep 5.5 percent of all sports wagering revenues put in person and 8 percent of all sports wagering revenues placed online, according to the measure. In addition, 2 percent of lottery gaming facility proceeds will be used to fight problem gambling and support the addictions grant fund.
Both college and professional athletic competitions are available for wagering. Greyhound racing and other athletic competitions featuring children under the age of 12 are expressly excluded from the bill.
Well-known brands like DraftKings and FanDuel are expected to apply for market entry in Kansas. The bill has received endorsement from all sports betting firms.
In its affiliation with Kansas Crossing Casino, PointsBet revealed in January 2020 that it had gained access to the state’s sports betting industry. The Kansas Star Casino’s operator, Boyd Gaming, also has an online betting interface for its BConnected Sports app.
Tribal casinos in Kansas will be able to renegotiate their gambling pacts to include sports betting if the bill passes. The Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska, the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation, the Kickapoo Tribe of Indians of the Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas, and the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska are the four tribes with casinos in Kansas.